The City Board of Elections’ status reclaimed its place as the political punching bag of choice today when former Democratic mayoral nominee Bill Thompson accused the board of making its final count of the votes too slowly.
Currently in the middle of certifying the results of last week’s primary, the Board expects to sift through the 67,000 valid absentee and affidavit ballots till Friday.
“Today, almost a week after the primary, we still don’t know the outcome of the election,” Thompson said even as he conceded to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.
The board’s Executive Director Michael Ryan, however, argued that the body is not to blame for any campaign’s ills or strategies, and that the count was exactly where the board anticipated it would be long before.
“We’re exactly where we expected to start right before election day,” Ryan said, adding that New York State election law dictates that the board does not start counting the affidavit ballots until the Monday following election day.